How to Make Beeswax Candles – Making Beeswax Candles at Home Has Benefits
There was a time when candles were a primary source of light. Today we have electricity, but candles are still quite popular. They provide a nice atmosphere for intimate or romantic events, and they certainly come in handy during blackouts!
Some crafty types like to make their own candles. But if you don’t enjoy melting wax and working with molds, it can be a bit of a chore. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the joy of creating candles, though. Making your own rolled beeswax candles do not require heat, and they’re so easy to make that even a child can do it! They also have a nice natural scent, so there’s no need to add fragrance to them. Here’s how to make some of your own.
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What You’ll Need for Making Rolled Beeswax Candles
- Beeswax sheets
- Primed candle wicks
- A sharp knife or razor blade
- Cutting board or other suitable surfaces for cutting
Instructions for Rolling Beeswax Candles at Home
- Lay a sheet of beeswax out flat on the cutting board. Lay a wick across the width, and use the knife or razor blade (adults only!) to cut it to about an inch and a half longer than the wax. Leave ¾ of an inch hanging over each edge.
- Lay the wick along the edge of the beeswax sheet. Fold a small amount (about 1/8 of an inch) of the wax over the wick, and press down firmly to ensure that the wax keeps the wick in place.
- Gently roll the wax up. Take your time and make sure that you keep it straight and the ends remain even. Keep going until you reach the end of the beeswax sheet.
- Press the edge down gently but firmly with your thumb so that a reasonably smooth edge is formed.
- Decide which end of the candle looks best. Trim the wick even with the candle on the worse end, and to a length of ½ inch on the better end.
A Few Tips About Rolling Beeswax Candles
Take care not to press too hard as you are rolling the beeswax. If you do, you could warp the honeycomb pattern and make your candle less attractive.
You can make an extra thick candle if you like. Instead of pressing the edge down when you get done rolling the beeswax sheet, simply place the edge of another sheet against it and continue rolling. Take care to keep it straight, and when you’re done press the edge down as directed.
A standard 8″ x 16″ sheet of beeswax will make a candle that’s about an inch wide and 8 inches long. If you want a shorter or thinner candle, cut the beeswax to create the desired size before you get started.
History of Beeswax Candles
Beeswax was not the first material used to make candles. That distinction goes to boiled animal fat, also known as tallow, which was used to make candles prior to the Middle Ages. These candles served their purpose, but they had some definite drawbacks. They gave off lots of smoke, their flame was inconsistent, and their odor was unpleasant.
In the Middle Ages, candle makers started experimenting with beeswax. They were pleased to find that beeswax candles created very little smoke, and their scent was light and pleasing. However, beeswax was hard to come by at the time due to the fact that there were no beekeepers in those days. So beeswax candles were used primarily by the nobility.
The Catholic Church later began to use beeswax candles. It was eventually written into canon law that the candles burned in any cathedral must contain at least 60 percent beeswax. This law is still in effect today. Fortunately, beeswax is much easier to obtain now.
Benefits of Beeswax Candles
he benefits of beeswax candles over those made of tallow are pretty obvious. But even today, with all of the improvements that have been made in the candle making process and new materials being used, beeswax still has numerous advantages. These include:
- The smoke produced by beeswax candles is not harmful to the environment or our health. This cannot be said for most candles, which are made of paraffin.
- Burning beeswax candles can actually be beneficial for allergy sufferers. It can help alleviate asthma and sensitivities to cigarette smoke, carbon dioxide and other pollutants. This is because they emit negative ions when burned, which help to clean the air.
- The scent of beeswax candles has a natural calming effect. Those who suffer from insomnia often sleep better when they burn beeswax candles before going to bed at night.
- Beeswax candles are more expensive than paraffin candles, but they also last much longer. A beeswax candle will burn about five times as long as a paraffin candle of the same size, so it is much more cost-effective.
Beeswax candles have been in existence for centuries, and they are still favorites of many candle lovers. They might be a little bit pricier than most candles, but considering the many benefits they offer, their numerous fans agree that they’re worth every penny paid.